Bears Of England

Series of three eccentric stories by Mick Jackson, which mix fantasy with folk tale and myth with history.

Read by Ian Holm.

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AR01Spirit Bears

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Series of three eccentric stories by Mick Jackson, which mix fantasy with folk tale and myth with history.

Read by Ian Holm.

In the days before electric light and oil lamps, most of England was troubled by spirit bears.

But one particular village believed itself to be plagued by an especially wicked gang of spirit bears.

A village is plagued by an especially wicked gang of spirit bears.

Read by Ian Holm.

But one village believed itself to be victim to an especially wicked gang and sought to find an answer.

Adapted by Booker-nominated writer Mick Jackson from his collection 'Bears Of England.'

Reader: Ian Holm

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

AR01Spirit Bears2009070720110101

Series of three eccentric stories by Mick Jackson, which mix fantasy with folk tale and myth with history.

Read by Ian Holm.

In the days before electric light and oil lamps, most of England was troubled by spirit bears.

But one particular village believed itself to be plagued by an especially wicked gang of spirit bears.

A village is plagued by an especially wicked gang of spirit bears.

Read by Ian Holm.

But one village believed itself to be victim to an especially wicked gang and sought to find an answer.

Adapted by Booker-nominated writer Mick Jackson from his collection 'Bears Of England.'

Reader: Ian Holm

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

AR02Circus Bears

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The circus bears are deeply disgruntled at the extra risks being incorporated into their performance, and things come to a head at the annual circus convention in Bristol.

Read by Ian Holm

Ian Holm reads Mick Jackson's mythical tale about the day the Circus Bears rebelled.

Mixing folk tale with fantasy, and history with myth, Booker-nominated writer Mick Jackson explores some little-known chapters in England's past.

Today's story remembers the Circus Bears of Bristol and the day they revolted.

Adapted from his collection 'Bears Of England'.

Reader: Ian Holm

Music by Lorraine Bowen.

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

AR02Circus Bears2009070820110313

The circus bears are deeply disgruntled at the extra risks being incorporated into their performance, and things come to a head at the annual circus convention in Bristol.

Read by Ian Holm

Ian Holm reads Mick Jackson's mythical tale about the day the Circus Bears rebelled.

Mixing folk tale with fantasy, and history with myth, Booker-nominated writer Mick Jackson explores some little-known chapters in England's past.

Today's story remembers the Circus Bears of Bristol and the day they revolted.

Adapted from his collection 'Bears Of England'.

Reader: Ian Holm

Music by Lorraine Bowen.

Producer: Karen Rose

A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4.

AR03Sewer Bears

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For many years in the 19th century, several dozen bears were held in London's sewers, where they served as the city's unpaid flushers and toshers.

Series of three eccentric stories by Mick Jackson, which mix fantasy with folk tale and myth with history.

Read by Ian Holm.

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

For many years in the 19th century, several dozen bears were held in London's sewers.

AR03 LASTSewer Bears2009070920110311

For many years in the 19th century, several dozen bears were held in London's sewers, where they served as the city's unpaid flushers and toshers.

Series of three eccentric stories by Mick Jackson, which mix fantasy with folk tale and myth with history.

Read by Ian Holm.

A Sweet Talk production for BBC Radio 4.

For many years in the 19th century, several dozen bears were held in London's sewers.